Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Jim Higgins

Question:

864 Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will appoint a shared remedial teacher for Kilkelly, Cloonlyon, Tarneena, Kilmore, Tavrane and Barnacuige national schools, County Mayo; and when this appointment will be made. [28284/98]

Michael Ring

Question:

881 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science when a remedial teacher will be appointed to Killala national school, County Mayo. [28378/98]

Michael Ring

Question:

882 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if Killala national school, County Mayo, shares the services of a remedial teacher with the national schools at Ballycastle, Belderrig, Creevagh, Banagher, Newtownwhite, Cullens or Moygownagh. [28379/98]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 864, 881 and 882 together.

I recently announced a major initiative to tackle education disadvantage at all levels. As part of this initiative, I intend that a remedial teacher service will be available to all primary schools, including the schools in question, with effect from September 1999. Mainstream national schools with a pupil-teacher ratio of below 10:1, and which currently have no service, may apply for a service where they can demonstrate the particular needs of their pupils.